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Living with a Wheelchair


Having a medical condition that necessitates using a wheelchair permanently can be a huge transition for anyone. The change can be very difficult both physically and psychologically. One of the first major emotions a person feels when using a wheelchair is depression because of the loss of mobility and the limitations on some activities. That is natural but remaining positive and focusing on what can be done with a wheelchair will provide light in the darkness and make a return to a normal life much easier and faster.


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Being Positive is Important

                   ·        There are various types and models of wheelchairs available – many designed for special applications like rugged outdoor use, sports and so on. Spend time to find the one that is right of right for you. If the budget permits, perhaps you could consider more than one so you are ready for activities that interest you and require special equipment.

                          ·         Join a wheelchair skills class. This is where you will learn that you can do so much and the limitations you face are far fewer than you had thought. Your doctor or physiotherapist may be able to recommend one to you.
                           
                          ·         Keep as many of your pre wheelchair interests and activities going as is possible. There may be some that are just no longer viable, but if so, look for other interests to replace them. Do not give up on who you are.
   
                          ·         Search for groups that organize outings, sports and other activities for wheelchair users. Meeting others facing the same issues as you will not just enable you to make new friends; it will show you that being negative is just a waste of time.

                      ·         Accept help when you need it. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. No one person, however fit, can do everything in life without any help.

                         ·         Do not allow yourself to become housebound. Go out as much as you can.Taxis may not be right for you. Even if you can drive a specially equipped vehicle, it may not always be the right option. Find a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation(NEMT) service near you that will be able to meet your transport needs. A professional company will have a range of vehicles to meet the demands of a range of wheelchair users. Entry, exit and a safe and comfortable trip will not be a problem. The drivers will be specially trained to provide you with any assistance you may need and will know the region well so they can take you to your destination by the shortest and most convenient route.Door to door service means that you will not require any other transport service. Event standby means that getting home will never be a problem. 24/7 service means you can go where you want, when you want.


Find the Right NEMT

Search online for NEMTs in your area and get in touch with them. Look for those that offer the kind of services and facilities mentioned above. A company that focusses only on Non-Emergency Medical Transport will be better than one that combines NEMT with other businesses as the focus and the kind of service you will receive will be diluted.

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